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The resources in this pathfinder will lead users to information about job hunting on the Internet. Users will find not only information on careers, online resumes, job searching, and researching companies, but also job searching sites. This pathfinder will provide users with a variety useful print and internet resources; however please remember your local public library has a lot of resources relating to careers and job hunting as well. Public libraries offer listings of local job openings, information on local agencies that help with the job search, books about using the Internet for job hunting, and much more.
Career Information Sites
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the “Occupational Outlook Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.”
How to Conduct Your Job Search
These sites offer advice on how to conduct your job search.
Richard Bolles, author of the book “What Color is Your Parachute”, is the host of this site. It provides a wide variety of links and articles on various aspects of job searching.
Job-Hunt: Online Job Search Guide and Resource Directory
Includes a list of links to online jobs, job search sites, and sites with more lists related to job hunting. Jobs are not actually listed here, but the links are categorized by type of career and are divided into commercial and non-commercial sites. There are also links to companies which provide information about employment opportunities online.
Provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, this is a springboard to career and job-related sites that career services professionals from around the world have found helpful in working with college students and alumni. It includes: job listings, job search and industry information, professional associations, career assessment tools, career choice information, and more.
The Riley Guide
Provides links to information about particular aspects of job-hunting. This is a gateway to a lot of other career and job-related sites.
Job Search Sites
These sites allow you to search for jobs across the nation and in some cases across the globe.
Academic360.com is a meta-collection of Internet resources that have been gathered for the academic job hunter. It includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative announcements and is not restricted to teaching positions. This is “one of the most extensive sites devoted to employment opportunities in higher education available on the Internet”.
An employment site that bills itself as international in scope. You can search jobs from over 75 career sites. Also includes an online resume posting service, employer profiles, and other career resources. You have to register for some services, but it’s free.
Instant access to thousands of jobs in all fields. Be sure to visit the “Career Advice” link.
Nonprofit Career Center
Includes jobs and internships in the U.S. and worldwide, other nonprofit job resources, professional associations, volunteer opportunities, and more.
USAJOBS: The Federal Government’s Official Jobs Site
USAJOBS is your one-stop source for finding Federal jobs and employment information. The site includes a searchable database, which provides you with job listings, and allows you to apply for the jobs online.
Search for jobs by location, company, job title or keyword, or browse by location. This site also includes a resume posting service and links for specific jobs sites, search firms, job fairs, and seasonal and summer employment.
Writing Online Resumes and Applying for Jobs Online
These sites offer information on writing online resumes and applying to jobs online.
From the author of Electronic Resumes & Online Networking: How to Use the Internet to Do a Better Job Search, Including a Complete, Up-to-Date Resource Guide, this is an excellent site on online resumes. It includes a gallery of resumes, information about the book, and links to employment sites as well.
The Online Job Application
From The Riley Guide, this site includes a good outline of types of electronic resumes and step-by-step instructions for preparing a mail version, a scannable version, and an Internet version.
Researching a Company
These sites offer information and profiles on specific companies.
Hoover’s allows you to research specific companies. Some information is only available if you subscribe, but some is available without subscribing.
Monster: Company Boulevard
This Monster site provides company profiles, which you can search by either company name or keyword.
“The networked world has career opportunities to offer you whether you are changing positions or building contacts and ideas for the future. Career Magazine is a comprehensive resource, designed to meet the individual needs of networked job seekers.” It includes features, employer profiles, a resume bank and a list of job openings, among other resources.
Looking for newspaper classified ads online? This page will help you get started by linking you to newspaper sites across the United States.
Doyle, A. (2006). The About.com Guide to Job Searching: Tools and Tactics to Help You Get the Job You Want. Avon, Mass: Adams Media.
From writing a good resume and locating the best search engines to what to do when you get an interview, this resource gives you all you need to land the career of your dreams.
Riley, M., et al. (2007). The Guide to Internet Job Searching. Lincolnwood, Ill: VGM Career Horizons.
This authoritative guide explains how and why to use the Internet as a job and career resource, as well as how to get started. Chapters cover job listing sites in many areas, such as business, academe, and government, and in other countries, with additional sections on cooperative education and internships.
Kennedy, J.L. & Morrow, T.J. (1995). Electronic Resume Revolution : Create a Winning Resume for the New World of Job Seeking (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Describes how to summarize and highlight measurable accomplishments which will distinguish you from other applicants. Emphasizes the novelty of the electronic resume as a job tool that lists your job history, skills, and employment aspirations. Also demonstrates how to alter the basic resume for different job descriptions.
Gonyea, J.C. & Gonyea, W.M. (1996). Electronic Resumes : A Complete Guide to Putting your Resume On-line. New York: McGraw-Hill.
This book shows you how to create attention-grabbing online, multimedia, video, and audio resumes; get your resume into circulation; make it stand out from the crowd; and target employment services and bulletin boards that best suit your career needs and budget. Also provides tips from industry insiders on how to develop killer resumes and cover letters to land the job you really want.
This pathfinder created by Charlotte Gerstein, with help from the Ann Arbor District Library and the Public Library Association’s Guide to Internet Job Searching. It was updated by Abby Balmer for Dr. Eileen Abels Info 780 Course at Drexel University, Spring, 2008.